A pilot discovered the mysterious 2.6-mile-long geoglyph of an aboriginal hunter in 1998, etched into the earth, and to this day no one knows how it got there.
The Marree Man gained new life in 2016 when a group from the figure’s namesake town of Marree plowed the lines to keep the man from fading due to erosion. Now, NASA is sharing an image taken in June 2019 showing the success of their efforts.
So far, the restoration team believes that their preservation will last longer than the original would have held up. They created wind grooves, designed to trap water and encourage the growth of vegetation, according to NASA. They hope that vegetation will eventually turn the lines green.
Many have tried to uncover the origin of the Marree Man.
CNN previously reported that Dick Smith, founder of Dick Smith Electronics and Dick Smith Foods, decided to tackle the mystery in 2016, and for two years his team pored over all the evidence to see what they could find.
He believes it was professionally done, so in 2018 he offered a reward of $5,000 AUD ($3,491 USD) for anyone with information regarding its creation.
No one has come forward, but several believe it was made by an artist living in Alice Springs. Other clues suggest that the creator may have been an American.
Regardless, the mystery of the Marree Man lives on.